The Submit Workplace community is at “tipping level” and a couple of,500 branches might shut in a yr, the subpostmasters’ federation has warned.
It says the impact on communities – the place typically the publish workplace is the one store – might be catastrophic.
The Nationwide Federation of Subpostmasters (NFSP) instructed the federal government’s enterprise committee its members’ morale and the viability of publish places of work had been “eroded to the extent that the community’s resilience is extraordinarily restricted”.
“We imagine a tipping level has been handed and the results of this are actually being realised,” it stated.
“Subpostmasters are resigning in excessive numbers as a result of it’s more and more tough to make an honest residing. The closure of two,500 publish places of work in a yr can be a catastrophic loss to communities.”
The NFSP says greater than a fifth of postmasters – who run their branches as non-public companies – are pondering of shutting up store, downsizing or making an attempt to get somebody to take over.
Three-quarters of them find yourself incomes much less per hour than the Nationwide Dwelling Wage, in response to a current ballot by the federation.
One in 5 additionally say they or their companion must do one other job to make ends meet.
As of March 2018 there have been round 11,500 publish places of work in operation.
Because the transfer to on-line continues, the cash publish places of work make from offering authorities companies has plunged from £576m in 2005 to £99m in 2018.
The NFSP says its members really feel “relegated to the underside of the meals chain” by the federal government and Royal Mail and it needs the subsidy of publish places of work – as a result of finish in 2021 – to be prolonged.
The variety of publish places of work has been comparatively secure since 2009, although the general community dimension has declined for the reason that 1980s. The Submit Workplace was separated from Royal Mail in 2012.
The enterprise, vitality and industrial technique committee is investigating the state of the Submit Workplace community and on Tuesday will hear proof from the NFSP, in addition to the Communication Staff Union, WH Smith and different teams.